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Prejudice to strabismus in young children
  1. Heather A Anderson,
  2. Ruth E Manny,
  3. Karen D Fern
  1. University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Heather A Anderson, University of Houston College of Optometry, 505 J Davis Armistead Building, Houston, TX 77204-2020, USA; handerson{at}

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This letter is in response to the October 2010 article by Lukman et al1 which supported the opinion that 5- and 6-year-old children are prejudiced against other children with strabismus. This finding is contrary to the findings of our study which found 93% of 3–8-year-old children were not biased against strabismus when selecting playmates.2

Lukman et al argue that the differences between our studies might be that we included children aged 3 and 4 years who might not have understood the instructions or been familiar with the concept of social play, and thus skewed the results towards chance.1 We would like to remind the readers that we omitted 22 children who did not reliably perform the task (exhibited a side bias, refused to select either photo …

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  • Heather A Anderson is formerly Heather A Johns.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the University of Houston Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.